Tips for Parents : Talking to Teens About Dating Violence

Family Circle magazine’s June 2007 edition courageously tackles the difficult issue of what a parent can do to help a child experiencing dating violence.

Contributing writer Richard Laliberte interviewed experts for the article including Break the Cycle’s director of national programs, Liza Lorenz who offered this advice: "Parents need to talk to young teens about what a healthy relationship is, what an abusive relationship is and how to tell the difference."

Break the Cycle also suggests concerned parents should:

  • Tell your teen that you are concerned for his or her safety
  • Be supportive and understanding
  • Help develop a safety plan
  • Remember that ultimately your teen must be the one to make the choice to leave the relationship

Learn what you can do as a parent, download What Parents Need to Know.

-Published on May 4, 2007